My dad is transphobic, what should I do?
I’m 13 and have been having multiple identity crises about my gender and sexuality at a very young age. I realized that I identify as non-binary and bisexual. From what I’ve been hearing whenever my dad talks, he says very transphobic things but is ok with valid sexualities. I have come out to my mom by accident and she even told me not to even tell my dad I’m bisexual. I don’t know if I’m overreacting but whenever I have a mood swing I keep remembering that if my dad found out who I am, he would most likely kick me out of the house or even abuse me. I want to stay low as long as I could but I know I can’t stay closeted forever.
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